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Enroll a Child in the Program

Your child could be one of the over 90,000 children who have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience since 1995.

The CDF Freedom Schools program works hard to ensure each child is equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in life. Our program boosts student motivation to read, and generates a more positive attitude towards learning and connects the needs of children and families to the resources of their communities.

If you are interested in enrolling a child in the CDF Freedoms Schools program, please contact the sites directly using the information below.

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In 2013, CDF-California will partner with various organizations to provide exceptional summer programming for over 1,000 children and youth. To enroll a child in the program, or to work for any of the CDF Freedom Schools, please contact the host organization directly. See the list of partners below.

Host organization:
Agape International Spiritual Center
Location:
Agape Spiritual Center
Culver City, CA 90230
Dates of operation: 
06/17 - 07/26
Contact: 
Lisa E. Watson
Phone: 661-381-7644
Email: mlewatson@sbcglobal.net

Host Organization
Community Coalition
Location:
James A. Foshay Learning Center
Los Angeles, CA 90044
Dates of operation:
07/01 - 08/09
Contact: 
Aurea Montes-Rodriguez
Phone: 323-750-9087
Email: aurea@cocosouthla.org

Host organization:
First Community Development Corporation
Location:
First Church of God
Inglewood, CA 90305
Dates of operation: 
6/24 - 8/02
Contact:
Arna Fulcher 
Phone: 323-600-1223
Email: afulcher@firstchurchofgod.com

Host organization
FNCF Community Development Corporation
Location:
First New Christian Fellowship
Los Angeles, CA 90047
Dates of operation:
07/8 - 08/16
Contact:
Loretta Ryals-Johnson
Phone: 323-756-2541
Email: LorettaRyals@aol.com

Host Organization:
Mt. Erie Christian Academy (MECA)
Location:
Mt. Erie Christian Academy
San Diego, CA 92113
Dates of operation:
07/01 -08/09
Contact:
Kaylin Wells
Phone: 619-263-1914
Email: mteriedirector@aol.com

Host organization:
Miguel Contreras Foundation 
and UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education
Location:
Miguel Contreras Learning Center
Los Angeles, CA 
Dates of operation:
06/24 - 07/29
Contact:
Sofia Campos, Fabiola Inzunza
212.480.4155 x 213
sofia.campos@ucla.edu, fabiola.inzunza@ucla.edu 

Host Organization:
Read Lead
Program locations:
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA 90747

Hellen Keller Elementary
Lynwood, CA  90262 
Dates of operation:
Carson:    7/2 - 8/10
Lynwood: 7/10- 8/24
Contact:
Cassandra Chase
Phone: 310.893.0899
Email: cassandra.c.chase@gmail.com

Host organization:
Stephen S. Wise Temple
Program location:
Stephen S. Wise Temple
Los Angeles, CA 90077
Dates of operation:
06/17 -07/26
Contact:
Jennifer Smith
Phone: 310-889-2265
Email: jsmith@wisela.org

Host organization:
Pasadena Unified School District
Program locations:
Pasadena 
Dates of operation:
06/10 - 07/19
Contact:
Dr. Denise Collier
Phone: 626-396-3614
Email: dcollier@pusd.us

Host organization:
Success in Challenges, Inc.
Program location:
Starr King Elementary
Dates of operation:
07/01 - 08/09
Contact:
Paula Wood
Phone: 909-607-0439
Email: paulaboonewood@yahoo.com

Host organization:
LightWave Education
Location:
Central Church
Bakersfield, CA 93304
Dates of operation:
06/24 - 08/02
Contact:
Lisa E. Wason
Phone: 661-381-7644
Email: mlewatson@sbcglobal.net

Host organization:
Lincoln Child Center
Locations:
Frick Middle School
West Oakland Middle School
Oakland, CA
Dates of operation:
06/17 - 07/26
Contact:
Macheo Payne
Phone: 510-531-3111 ext. 106
Email: macheopayne@lincolnchildcenter.org

Host organization:
Los Angeles County Office of Education
Location: 
Camp Miller High School
Malibu, CA 90265 

Camp Afflerbaugh High School
La Verne, CA 91750 
Dates of operation:
06/24 - 07/29
Contact:
Dr. Cuauhtemoc Avila

 

A Day in the CDF Freedom Schools Program

As children enter a CDF Freedom Schools program site, they are greeted and served a nutritious breakfast by caring adults. With stomachs full, they move on to Harambee!, a time of informal sharing when children and staff come together to celebrate themselves and each other.

In the classroom where servant leader interns facilitate classes of no more than 10 students, children are engaged in reading and theme-based, hands-on activities as outlined in the Integrated Reading Curriculum. Reading is a cornerstone of the program.  Servant leader interns lead the children in reading excellent books throughout the summer. These books feature heroes, heroines, and settings that reflect the children's cultural images and history.  Classroom activities related to the day’s reading use one or more of a variety of teaching models, including cooperative learning, role playing, and group discussions, and may include read aloud, paired reading, creative writing, or visual arts.  The range of activities ensures that children with diverse experiences, talents, and levels of confidence in reading and verbal expression are actively engaged.

As the morning draws to a close, D.E.A.R. time is announced and shared by everyone. To emphasize the importance and joy of reading, children and adults alike "drop everything and read" silently for fifteen minutes, choosing from a rich selection of reading material available from the site library.

At lunchtime the feeling of family and community spirit continues as the children join adults to eat a nutritious meal. After lunch, children participate in afternoon activities. These are well-planned music, dance or other culturally enriching activities that are related to the themes presented in the Integrated Reading Curriculum. Field trips that expand children’s horizons may also fill the afternoons. The children also may engage in social action projects and rehearse for the summer finale that is performed for parents, friends, and community leaders.


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